Dulce Et Decorum Est and Anthem for Doomed Youth Essay

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Identify what you think the author’s purpose is, and what techniques were used to achieve this.

In the two poems, Dulce et Decorum est., and Anthem for Doomed Youth, both written by Wilfred Owen, the author’s main purpose was to expose the true horrors of World War II and to challenge the romanticized view of war that poets such as Rupert Brooke held. To achieve this, Owen used familiar imagery techniques of similes and personification, and sound devices such as onomatopoeia and alliteration.

In Dulce et Decorum est., Owen used the techniques of similes, ”Bent double like baggers under sacks,” he wrote, likening young, normally healthy men to old beggars tying to keep warm under sacks. This comparison of these young men, usually so
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A simple task was hardly manageable, due to the horrific nature of war.

In, Anthem for Doomed Youth Owen also uses personification to give life to the weapons used in fighting. He describes the “Monstrous anger of the guns,” and “the shrill demented choirs of wailing shells.” We are able to visualize the emphasized awfulness of fighting at war, which in turn achieves the purpose of the author, which s to show us how lonely and sad the soldier’s deaths were. This links in with the major purpose of proving that war wasn’t a heroic act, rather a sad, cruel and senseless occurrence that ruined the lives of many.

Owen, in addition to using familiar imagery, also uses sound devices to achieve his purpose of challenge propagandists, and revealing the truth about what war really was like. He uses alliteration in his poem Dulce et Decorum est.: “And watch the white eyes writhing in his face.” This creates rhythm in the poem, and we as readers can visualize this scene because of the emotive language also included in the sentence, and indeed poem. This allows Owen to continue to achieve his main purpose of showing what war does to young men by degrading them, as this scene depicts the true nature of death. We see a picture of two helpless men, one dying, and the other (his friend) watching on, unable to do anything to

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